View: Loan spell away from Nottingham Forest not going to plan for Alex Mighten
Nottingham Forest enjoyed a summer spending spree which saw the club sign new players on what seemed like a daily basis at times.
The influx of new faces at the City Ground was always going to see players leave the club in order to give Steve Cooper a chance of working with a slightly smaller squad.
Forest currently have nine players out on loan, with some of them being summer signings, such as Josh Bowler and Ui-jo Hwang. However, one player who was in the minority, having already been at the club was 20-year-old winger Alex Mighten.
The wide man is highly rated by Forest and was shipped out to League One heavyweights Sheffield Wednesday in order to gain some much-needed first-team experience. It’s safe to say it hasn’t quite worked out for the youngster.
Mighten has only featured in four of Wednesday’s league fixtures this season, with the EFL trophy being his main source of minutes so far. It’s hardly the ideal scenario for the winger, with Wednesday boasting one of the best squads in the division.
With the demand for promotion from Wednesdayites, it’s no surprise to see Darren Moore focus on results, and not on giving Mighten more game time.
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However, the youngster must show more when given the chance at Hillsborough. He has failed to register a goal or an assist so far and looking at his underlying data, fans shouldn’t be holding out much hope.
With an expected assists of 0.02 and expected goals of 0.01 (Wyscout) in League One this season, it’s unlikely the winger is going to suddenly find a magical run of form at Hillsborough.
If his form continues along with the lack of minutes at Wednesday, Nottingham Forest may be inclined to call the winger back in January and send him on loan to a club where he could potentially be appreciated slightly more.
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